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cooked lamb shanks in a pan

Wine Braised Lamb Shank

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WW Freestyle: 17
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 30 mins
This Wine Braised Lamb Shanks recipe makes tender, melt right off the bone lamb. Served with a velvety red wine sauce for a truly comforting dinner!
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 546


  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 4 lamb shanks, each shank should be about 1 to 1-1/4 pound
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 yellow onions each cut into 4 wedges
  • 3 carrots, each cut into about 2-inch pieces
  • 3 celery ribs, each rib cut into about 2-inch pieces
  • 8 button mushrooms, each cut in half
  • 5 cloves garlic, cut in half, lengthwise
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 2 cups dry red wine
  • 3 2-inch sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 3 3-inch sprigs fresh thyme


  • Preheat oven to 425˚F.
  • Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large dutch-oven skillet or a high-sided oven-proof skillet or pot.
  • Season lamb shanks with salt and pepper and add to hot oil. Make sure oil is hot because you want that immediate sear on the lamb shanks.
  • Sear the shanks on all sides until browned.
  • Remove lamb shanks from skillet and set aside.
  • Set skillet back over medium-high heat and add in remaining oil.
  • Add onions, carrots, celery sticks, mushrooms and garlic to the skillet; cook for 4 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Slowly pour in chicken broth and stir in wine; stir to loosen all the browned bits on the bottom of the skillet. Bring to a boil.
  • Place lamb shanks back inside the pot. Add in the fresh herbs.
  • Put pot in the preheated oven and cook for 1.5 to 2 hours, turning shanks over every 30 to 40 minutes, until meat is tender and internal temperature registers between 150˚F and 160˚F.
  • Remove pot from oven.
  • Remove the shanks from the pot; set aside and keep covered.
  • Simmer remaining sauce that’s in the skillet over medium heat until thickened to a desired consistency, about 6 to 10 minutes.
  • Skim off any additional fat that rises to the surface.
  • Taste sauce for seasonings and adjust accordingly.
  • Add lamb shanks back into the pot.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley and serve over mashed potatoes, mashed cauliflower, polenta, or rice.
Nutrition Facts
Wine Braised Lamb Shank
Amount Per Serving
Calories 546 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 127mg42%
Sodium 278mg12%
Potassium 1140mg33%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 47g94%
Vitamin A 7778IU156%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Calcium 73mg7%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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